On Tuesday, the India Air Force conducted air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, by crossing the Line of Control. The air strikes remind us of the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army on September 27, 2016.
Here is a comparison between 2016 surgical strike and Balakot air strike
2016 surgical strike
2019 air strike
Uri terror attack, 19 Army soldiers killed
Pulwama terror attack, 40 CRPF killed
Four terrorists sneaked into Army base
Suicide bomber hit convoy in a car laden with explosives
Investigations revealed that terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed tanzeem
JeM claimed responsibility soon after the attack
Ground based surgical strike
Aerial precision strike
Army Para Special Forces
Mirage-2000 fighters with precision guided munitions
DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale
Pakistan Occupied Kashmir
Terrorist launch pads along
Major terrorist training camp
Confirmed ingress at Balakot, but denied any damage
“Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC… the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads.
Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country... In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.
In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot.
“The operations aimed at neutralizing the terrorists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for continuation of further operations.”
“...this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp.”